BELFAST, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- This summer history fans will get the chance to see the pivotal role Maine played during a trying time in the United States.
About 23 museums and historical societies across the state are busy organizing a Maine Civil War Trail. The trail will feature 23 stops going from Kennebunk to Kingfield.
Each one will have priceless artifacts on display -- all tied to Maine's role in the civil war. One stop is at the Belfast Historical Society in Waldo County. Directors there hope by stopping in people will leave with a better understanding of Maine's role during these dark years in the nation's history.
"How large an effect that the civil war had on Maine..its citizens...the growth...the industrialization after the war after the war. It's just a really big picture," said Megan Pinette, who is the president of the Belfast Historical Society and Museum.
The trail is being set up to recognize the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. Among the items on display in Belfast will be a civil war soldiers quilt. It was knitted at the First Church in Belfast in 1864.
Across Maine thousands volunteered to serve in Union regiments. About 800 volunteers soldiers came from the Belfast area.